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Chances of Brexit trade deal ‘fade’ with each passing day, warns EU chief

In her annual “State of the Union” address this morning, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stressed that both the EU and UK negotiated and ratified the Withdrawal Agreement and warned it “cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded or dis-applied”.

It follows a storm of criticism over the government’s plan to override the Withdrawal Agreement with its UK Internal Market Bill.

“This is a matter of law, trust and good faith… trust is the foundation of any strong partnership,” Ms von der Leyen said.

She also warned that there is “very little time” for the EU to strike a future trade deal with the UK, adding: “With every day that passes, the chances of a timely agreement do start to fade.”

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